Cheer on the Teams at SF Rec & Park’s Women’s World Cup Final Party in Civic Center

Prior to the kick-off the 1st Sundays Block Party 2019 series on Fulton Street at Larkin Street — catch the Women’s World Cup Final in Civic Center Plaza at 8am. Hosted by SF Rec & Park, join other fans to cheer on the teams and watch the game live on the big screen.

Following the game, continue the celebration of soccer at the 1st Sundays Block Party — play a game with Soccer USA and make a free DIY sport pennant, hosted by Feed the Fish Co. and SF Etsy. Also stay and check out the other great elements of the 1st Sundays Block Party: food trucks, games, shopping and more!

Learn more about the 1st Sundays Block Party series here.

The 168th St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The Largest Celebration on the West Coast

Via UISSF

This year’s 168th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is “the West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture,” according to event organizers the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. The parade, with this year’s theme of “women breaking barriers,” begins at 11:30am on Market at 2nd Street and ends in a sea of green at Civic Center Plaza. The annual event brings together San Francisco’s diverse community to learn more about and celebrate Irish history and culture.

Learn more about the event here, and with over 5,000 participants, please consider taking public transportation to the Civic Center public spaces.

February is for Lovers — of movement, food & shopping

UPDATE: The 2/14 class has been canceled due to weather. Please join us 2/21!

Original post: Starting Valentine’s Day, LINES Dance Center will host dance and movement classes in UN Plaza every Thursday at 12:30pm. Running for 12 weeks, these free, outdoor classes — weather permitting — are for everyone, novice and professional alike! With fun beats and talented instructors, these energizing dance fitness classes will help slough off the mid-day slump and re-energize the rest of the afternoon. Additionally, once a month following these half-hour classes, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program Students will take to the “stage” of UN Plaza and perform.

Also happening on Thursdays is the continuation of the gathering of Off the Grid food trucks from 11am to 2pm — grab a bite before or after dance class. And stroll through the ongoing UN Plaza Gift Gallery (9am-5pm); find something for your Valentine — or something for yourself!

Follow Civic Center Initiative on Twitter and Facebook for more details!

Night of Ideas: Inspiring Ideas on the Future of Cities

Can our cities be locally productive and globally connected? Smart, resilient and infused with poetry and empathy? Is an innovating and inclusive city possible?

Featuring community leaders in various fields — food, technology, politics, architecture and more — Night of Ideas is a seven hour event bringing together diverse experts and the public to hypothesize what it’ll take to get to an ideal urban future.

Not just San Francisco-centered, Night of Ideas is taking place in five other cities as well, each reimagining not just how their respected cities will, and can evolve, but all cities. Night of Ideas will culminate at the San Francisco event: Saturday, February 2, 7pm to 2am.

Hosted at the San Francisco Public Library — and inspired by their Public Knowledge and After Tomorrow program — with the French Consulate and SFMOMA, the night will be anything but a snooze; programming and panels will feature not only those adept in their fields, but performances, food, drinks, music, art and yoga!

The Civic Center Initiative will moderate a panel at 9pm on February 2, focused on the concept of the “Welcoming City” – panelists will discuss how inclusive public spaces can serve as a model for creating a more holistically welcoming city.

Help envision the city of the future and sign up for free tickets on the Night of Ideas Eventbrite page!

Top image: © Elizabeth Leitzell (Courtesy of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Brooklyn Public Library)

2018 Holiday Season in Civic Center


Along with our festive Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting on December 5, 5pm-7pm, which includes snow flurries, festive foods and drinks, a toy giveaway from the SFPD for 400 kids, and a wonderful lineup of holiday programming led by Artistic Director Nick A. Olivero — there are an assortment of other wonderful cheerful activities happening in, and adjacent to, Civic Center public spaces this holiday season. Here are few highlights:

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World Cup 2018 Finals at Civic Center Plaza

Calling all soccer fans! Cheer on your favorite team at Civic Center Plaza on July 15 at 8 am, as the two last teams battle it out on the big screen.

The live and free viewing will also feature bites and drinks from food trucks, and soccer games and activities for all ages. More info can be found at worldcupsf.com.

Please note: The semifinal games on Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11 at 11 am have moved to Embarcadero’s Sue Bierman Park (Washington and Drumm Street). These games will also feature food trucks and activities for all!

Thanks for Joining us at the July 1st Sundays Block Party

Thank you to everyone who helped make the launch to the 1st Sunday Block Party a success! On July 1st, approximately 2,500 people joined us at the 1st Sunday Block Party on Fulton Street. Attendees enjoyed a special performance and juggling workshop by San Francisco’s own Circus Bella, free dance/movement workshops with Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, an interactive exhibit by the designers from NONAPS at the Village Artist Corner, block printing tutorials by Jenny Lemons, a LEGO build station by the Department of Children Youth and Families, and more! Click here to see more photos of the July 1st event on the Civic Center Intiative’s Facebook page. 

The Civic Center Initiative is hosting weekend block parties on the 1st Sunday of every month now through November 4th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library. These FREE family-friendly events feature recreational activities for all ages, a selection of bar and street food offerings curated by Off the Grid, music and promotional appearances by Bonneville San Francisco, an open-air bazaar with one-of-a-kind goods created by local SF Etsy artisans, DIY arts and crafts activities, and other rotating attractions.  

The next 1st Sunday Block Block Party will be on August 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Fulton Street at Larkin. This event will feature:

    • A Make-Your-Own-Slime booth
  • And, a chance to play your friends in family in a game of giant scrabble, brought to you by 826 Valencia

We look forward to seeing you out there! Learn more about August 5th event  here, and invite friends and neighbors via Facebook or Eventbrite.